Series: Peeled: Cultivating What’s Underneath

Peeled: Cultivating What’s Underneath: Faithfulness

May 12, 2024 | Dave McGinley
Passage: Mark 9:14-24

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23

Faithfulness is the Greek word πίστις (“pistis”).

"So now faith, hope, and love abide," 1 Corinthians 13:13

FAITH and FAITHFULNESS ARE one word in the Bible.


God’s faithfulness is rooted in Christ’s work. 

Forgetfulness happens in competing narratives

 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.” Deuteronomy 11:18

FAITHFULNESS consumes God’s promises through His Word.

“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 11:19

Faithfulness speaks God’s promises at all times.

Forgetfulness happens in isolation.

“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,” Deuteronomy 11:20

Faithfulness points us back to Christ.

“Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

“The word for unbelief is the Greek word “apistia” from where we get the word “apostasy.”

“Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Series Information

Have you ever seen an apple tree grow lemons? Of course not! In fact, one of the ways we identify plants and trees is by the kind of fruit it produces. Being a follower of Jesus is a lot like growing a certain kind of tree. Too often the world sees Christians and feel like we claim to be one kind of tree but our fruit looks totally different. So what does the fruit of a Christian look like? Join us as we peel back what it looks like to cultivate a fruit that not only changes our lives but our communities and our world for the better in our new teaching series PEELED: Cultivating What’s Underneath”

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